Love in the Nuclear Age
variation on a theme by Andrew Marvell
If we, my dear, had time to wait,
We’d put off sex and merely date.
But now that man is H-bomb wise
Let’s fuck before we vaporize.
Richard Meyer, a former English and humanities teacher, lives in the home his father built in Mankato, a city at the bend of the Minnesota River. His poems have appeared in various publications, including Able Muse, The Raintown Review, Measure, Alabama Literary Review, Light, Think, and The Evansville Review. He was awarded the 2012 Robert Frost Farm Prize for his poem “Fieldstone” and was the recipient of the 2014 String Poet Prize for his poem “The Autumn Way.” A book of his collected poems, Orbital Paths, was a silver medalist winner in the 2016 Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin Awards.